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Council starts new year with one new member

Thomas Frank joins re-elected mayor and councilor


At a packed meeting Monday evening, the mayor and two councilors took the oath of office to serve the city of West Linn for another four years.

Mayor John Kovash was re-elected to his position in the November election along with Councilor Jenni Tan. New to the council is former planning commissioner Thomas Frank, who was also elected in November. Frank replaced former councilor Teri Cummings, who opted not to run for re-election.by: VERN UYETAKE - Judge Heather Karabeika swears in John Kovash as mayor of West Linn on Monday evening.

After being sworn in by West Linn Municipal Court Judge Heather Karabeika, Kovash thanked the community for electing him.

“It’s quite humbling,” he said. “The city council is kind of the envy of the county. We trust each other. We get a lot of things done because we work together.”

by: VERN UYETAKE - Jenni Tan brought her two children and a friend, from left, fourth-greader Ty Park, Summer Tan, 8, and AJ Tan, 6, as she took her oath of office as a city councilor Monday evening.

When it was her turn to take the oath, Tan invited her two children, Summer, 8, and AJ, 6, as well as their friend, fourth-grader Ty Park, up to the front of the room with her.

“They represent our future. They represent West Linn,” Tan said about the children.

“It’s an honor to be here again. It really has been amazing to serve on this council,” she said. “I look forward to another great four years.”

by: VERN UYETAKE -  Thomas Frank kisses his daughter, Aubrey, after being sworn into office. With them is Frank's wife, Jenny.

Frank asked his wife, Jenny, and daughter, Audrey, to join him while he took his oath of office.

“I’m also humbled and honored to be the new city councilor here in West Linn. I’ve always had a great team of people around me who believed in me and supported me. I look forward to being a positive voice, a new voice, on council.”

As part of Monday’s meeting the council unanimously voted Councilor Mike Jones as council president for 2013.

The mayor and two councilors have some lofty goals as they start their new terms. Tan wants to focus on water infrastructure and economic development, Kovash is looking to get past the Lake Oswego-Tigard water treatment plant hearings and get to council goal setting and Frank wants to work on economic development.

“I think we’re going to be a great team,” Tan said.

“I’m very enthusiastic about the potential of this council because we work very well together, work well with staff and work well with the surrounding community,” Kovash said.

The five-member city council, which includes the mayor and four councilors, held interviews Monday evening after the meeting to fill the planning commission seat vacated by Frank.